Archive: Rich Franklin

Oct 12, 2014 3:07 pm

PHOTO | Rich Franklin Earns BJJ Black Belt

Former UFC champion Rich ‘Ace’ Franklin earned his BJJ Black Belt earlier this week, and captured the moment on Twitter, thanking his coaches and teammates. Got my black belt today from @JorgeGurgel. Thanks to all the guys who helped me train over the years! pic.twitter.com/7yWQGRZH2L — Rich Franklin (@RichFranklin) October 10, 2014 Franklin, who is...

Sep 26, 2014 6:23 pm

Rich Franklin Considers Himself “The Last Of The Mohicans”

Former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin hasn’t stepped in the Octagon in nearly two years. His last outing saw him lose via KO to Cung Le back in November of 2012. ‘Ace’, who is now the Vice President of ONE FC, and knows that if he plans on fighting again, he needs to pull the...

Jul 30, 2014 5:01 am

Rich Franklin Wants One More UFC Fight

Former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin wants one more UFC fight before he hangs the gloves up, but he understands that if he is to take one more fight, it needs to be soon. With his new position as an Executive for ONE FC, Franklin is quite busy and he knows that may play a...


May 21, 2014 12:28 pm

Rich Franklin Once Prayed To Get Out Of Fighting Anderson Silva – True Story!

“I was fighting in Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. A sold-out crowd, and 20,000 people were there. Electricity in the air. I was sitting backstage as usual. I’m nervous. I actually prayed to God, ‘If you could please make the lights go out, that would be great.’ That’s a true story. That’s not a joke....

Apr 26, 2014 10:42 am

Sonnen On Why He Wants To Fight Rich Franklin

“Here the bottom line: Rich Franklin has one fight left. I would’ve been world champion. Way back when Rich held that belt, I would’ve whipped his ass back then. I would’ve been the world champion but I couldn’t get my opportunity, and I’m still mad about it. I would’ve been the PRIDE champion but I...

Apr 14, 2014 9:25 am

QUICK TWITT | Chael Sonnen Calls Out Rich Franklin

Rich Franklin hasn’t seen the inside of the Octagon since his 2012 KO loss to Cung Le. The former middleweight champion has been sitting idle, while building up his Beverly Hills juicing business. Now, out of nowhere, Chael Sonnen, who is supposed to face-off with Wanderelei Silva on July 4th weekend, is calling out ‘Ace’...

Apr 14, 2014 8:51 am

Rich Franklin Believes He Can Beat Anderson Silva In A Third Fight

Cincinnati’s own, Rich ‘Ace’ Franklin, believes a third bout against, Anderson Silva, the man responsible for the end of his title reign, would have a different outcome than the previous two bouts. “Would I fight Anderson a third time? Absolutely. Is it because I feel like I have some unfinished business? Not at all. It’s...

Apr 3, 2014 10:14 am

Throwback Thursday | Franklin Gets Glove Removed Following Liddell Break (VIDEO)

Back in 2010, Rich Franklin retired Chuck Liddell after a fantastic back-and-forth that ended with an unconscious Liddell. During the fight, Liddell was throwing such vicious and powerful strikes that he broke Franklin’s arm during a block attempt. Franklin, with only one working arm, was able to fend off the onslaught from Liddell to fire...

Mar 20, 2014 11:28 am

Rich Franklin Turns Down Cincinnati Bout Against ‘Lil Nog’

Former UFC middleweight champion and Cincinnati resident, Rich ‘Ace’ Franklin, hasn’t seen the inside of The Octagon since his 2012 first round KO loss to Cung Le. Since then, Franklin, has been enjoying life on the sidelines and mixing up juice cocktails in LA, as part of a new business venture he owns, called, Zelin...

Feb 19, 2014 11:03 am

UFC Making Ohio Return, Cincinnati Event Slated For May

For the first time in almost seven years, the mecca of mixed martial arts will return to Cincinnati. The event, set for May 10, will be televised on Fox Sports 1, and looks to be emanating out of the U.S. Bank Arena. UFC officials made the announcement this past Tuesday, and you can also find the news on...

Feb 5, 2014 6:13 am

Rich Franklin Not A Fan Of Watching UFC Fights

“It’s different for me. Like I don’t sit down on a Saturday night and watch the fights like a casual fan. I’m analyzing fighters. The worst part about watching fights for me, it puts me in the mental mindset as if I’m there fighting. I’ve really gotten to the point where I don’t necessarily enjoy...

Jan 16, 2014 6:13 pm

Former Champ Rich Franklin Says You Can’t Retire On UFC Money

There has been a ton of controversy surrounding fighter’s salaries and the inequality involved in it regarding how much certain fighters make over others. UFC veteran Rich Franklin however, preaches to the complainers in the group stating that is ultimately their responsibility to negotiate their contract. There have of course always been those who feel...

Jan 3, 2014 7:26 am

Cung Le Plans 2014 Return To The Octagon – Wants Bisping, Wanderlei

     The last time we saw Cung Le in the Octagon, he was delivering one of the most brutal knockouts of 2012 to the head of his unwilling victim, Rich Franklin. And although the 41-year-old has had a lengthy stretch of inactivity since that violent matchup, Le has no plans of calling it quits just yet.   “I plan to...

Nov 27, 2013 7:35 am

VIDEO | Before They Fought, Wand & Franklin Met In An Elevator

In June of last year former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin squared off with Wanderlei Silva in the UFC 147 main event. Prior to their bout, they bumped in to each other in a Brazilian elevator and while the confrontation was friendly, it was evident by their body language that neither guy knew what to...

Nov 23, 2013 11:32 am

Rich Franklin says his next fight will be his last

It’s been a little over a year since former UFC middleweight champion Rich “Ace” Franklin (29-7 MMA, 14-6 UFC) last saw action inside the octagon. Franklin’s last fight served as the headlining bout of the UFC’s debut in China and saw him pitted against former Strikeforce middleweight champion Cung Le. Unfortunately for “Ace,” Le was...

Nov 18, 2013 8:42 am

UFC 171 Announced for March 15 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas

  The UFC is heading back to Dallas, Texas for UFC 171.  The March 15 card marks the first time in nearly five years that the UFC has held an event in the city.   By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA UFC President Dana White announced Saturday night at the UFC 167 post-fight press conference that the...

Nov 12, 2013 12:26 pm

Rashad Evans Wants To Retire… Before He Gets Retired

Chuck Liddell. Gary Goodridge. Rich Franklin. Big Nog. All of these names come to mind, when you think of fighters who might have been a little too stubborn for their own good; clinging to their competitive spirit a little too long, most combat athletes fail to retire while on top of their game, opting to...

Aug 6, 2013 1:22 pm

EXCLUSIVE | Rich Franklin: “I will not make another title run”

BJPenn.com recently caught up with former UFC Middleweight Champion Rich Franklin who, despite not having fought since his loss to Cung Le, has remained very busy. “Nutrition has always been a passion of mine”, said Franklin. “I have been laying the groundwork for an organic juice bar, Ze/Lin, to open this fall in LA. My...

Jul 3, 2013 7:15 am

Ray Longo: ‘No bulls–t, Anderson Silva will get dumped on his head’

Ray Longo, striking coach at Team Serra-Longo, recently stated that his undefeated pupil Chris Weidman (9-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) is on a ‘different level’ when compared to UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva’s previous opponents.  Here is what Ray had to say during his appearance on “The MMA Hour”: “I tell you what, the guy (Silva) is...